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Campaign to tackle fly tipping launches in Carlisle

Fly tipping is a real problem in parts of Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

A new campaign to tackle fly-tipping and littering in Carlisle's lanes and alleyways has been launched.

Carlisle City Council is cleaning up areas around London Road and is urging residents to report those dumping rubbish.

If the 'Neat Streets' scheme is successful it could be rolled out across the city.

Police dealing with armed robbery in Carlisle

Police are currently dealing with an armed robbery at a Carlisle bookmakers.

Coral betting shop, Old Raffles Parade, Carlisle Credit: Google maps

Police were called at 8.06pm on Monday 14 March following a report of armed robbery at the Coral betting shop on Old Raffles Parade, Carlisle.

Armed police have been deployed as a precaution.

There are no reports of any injuries at this time and police are searching for a male suspect.

The suspect is described as being approximately 6ft tall, wearing a grey/black hoody, black scarf, white gloves and was carrying a carrier bag.

If anyone sees a man matching this description they are asked to contact police immediately and to not approach him.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Security guard told to expect jail sentence for stealing the mayoress's brooch

Mayoress's brooch, valued at £55,000 Credit: ITV Border

A former security guard has been told he faces a prison sentence for stealing a valuable mayoress's brooch.

Gavin Fletcher, 35, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today and admitted eight crimes.

They include the burglary of a strong room at the city council's civic centre building at Rickergate in which he stole the historic gold brooch. This comprised precious stones, and was valued at up to £55,000.

Fletcher also admitted two counts of fraud by false representation, two thefts and three motoring offences.

His case was adjourned until 23rd March, but Judge Peter Davies warned him: "You must expect that the sentence will be one of custody."

Maryport man jailed for eight years for rape

A Maryport man has been jailed for eight years for rape.

Wayne Hilton, aged 40 from Ewanrigg Road, Maryport, was sentenced today at Carlisle Crown Court.

The rape occurred at a property in Carlisle, in the early hours of the of Sunday 1st March 2015.

Convicted rapist: Wayne Hilton, aged 40, has been jailed for 8 years

The victim, a 21-year-old woman from Carlisle, was on a night out with Hilton and two friends when they went to a property on Welsh Road. The victim had fallen asleep on a couch and Hilton took her upstairs so she could sleep on a bed. He left the room before returning a short time later.

The victim awoke to find Hilton raping her, she asked him to get off but Hilton continued with his attack. The rape only stopped when one of the victim’s friends walked in the room to check if she was ok.

The victim is still dealing with the trauma caused by this terrible attack and receives support from victim support organisations.

Make no mistake about this, Hilton did not gain consent from his victim and raped her. He has shown no remorse for his actions. Consent to sexual activity in law is clearly defined and must be given freely and fully."

– Detective Sergeant Ginelle Ward - Carlisle CID

Hilton is now subject to sex offender notification requirements and has a lifetime restraining order against the victim imposed.

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Total of six-and-a-half years behind bars for Carlisle thugs

Three men have been jailed for their roles in "cowardly" violence which flared up in Carlisle city centre.

A powerful punch by Leon Hull, 25, began trouble in Englishgate Plaza car park in the early hours of 29th November last year.

Both he and his brother, Kane Hull, 23, then kicked an unidentified male victim as he desperately curled himself into a ball on the floor.

Brian Morris, 23, kicked a second victim during an incident which was captured on CCTV cameras.

Footage of the shocking incident was played at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday. The three men were sentenced for what Judge Peter Davies called a "cowardly" joint attack.

Guilty pleas were entered by the trio to a charge of violent disorder. Kane Hull also admitted possessing a bottle which he used to repeatedly strike one man.

Leon Hull and Kane Hull, both of Springkell, Aspatria, were each jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Morris, of Dowbeck Road, Carlisle, was sent to prison for 18 months. "It was serious, violent disorder," Judge Davies told the men.

Changes to Carlisle polling stations

Ballot boxes Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Four Carlisle polling station locations will change for the upcoming May Local and Cumbria Police Commissioner elections.

Electors in the affected areas have been notified this week by Carlisle City Council. Two of the changes are required as the locations are no longer available for use as polling stations and two are unavailable because of the effects of the December floods.

The four polling station changes are:

· West End Temperance Hall, Hawick Street, Carlisle is not currently available for use as a polling station due to the effects of the floods in December 2015. The location of the new polling station is a portable cabin, at Paddy’s Market Car Park, Shaddongate, Carlisle.

· St. Aidan’s Church Hall on Victoria Place is not currently available for use as a polling station due to the floods in December 2015. The location of the new polling station is St. Aidan’s Church, Warwick Road, Carlisle.

· Fir End School, Smithfield is longer available for use as a polling station. The location of the new polling station is Skitby House, Kirklinton.

· Westfield House, Roweltown is no longer available for use as a polling station. The location of the new polling station is Shankhill School, Hethersgill, Carlisle.

If residents within these areas would prefer to vote by post for this, or any future elections, they are asked to contact the City Council’s Electoral Registration team. Application forms are available by calling 01228 817556 or 817555, or by visiting the Civic Centre’s Customer Contact Centre.

The closing date for applications to vote by post at the forthcoming election is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.

Anyone who has already applied for a postal vote will be unaffected by the change of polling station.

Some polling stations within flood affected areas will remain in the same locations but may be based within portakabins.

Carlisle City Council Elections will be held in: Belah; Belle Vue; Botcherby; Brampton; Castle; Currock; Dalston; Denton Holme; Great Corby & Geltsdale; Harraby; Hayton; Morton; St Aidans; Stanwix Urban; Upperby; Wetheral and Yewdale wards.

The deadline to register in time for the election is midnight on Monday 18 April 2016.

Man charged in connection with knife-point robberies

Peking Chef Credit: ITV Border

A man has been charged in connection with three alleged knife-point robberies in Carlisle.

Martin Bainbridge, aged 32, of Port Road, Carlisle, has been charged with two counts of attempted robbery and one count of robbery.

The charges relate to incidents that took place between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday.

Cumbria Police were called to three locations - Bargain Booze on Central Avenue, Peking Chef on Petteril Bank Road and Pizza Hut on London Road. On each occasion the offender allegedly brandished a knife at staff.

Bainbridge appeared before North Cumbria Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody.

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